Nikki Reed: 'It's a Mistake' to Have Kids Right After Marriage

Nikki Reed, Paul McDonald Waiting to Have Kids
Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald
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06/13/2012 AT 04:35 PM EDT

Nikki Reed stands by what she said in November shortly after getting hitched: She and her American Idol alum hubby Paul McDonald want kids "one day," but definitely not any time soon.

"Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel like it's a mistake for people to get married and then just [have kids right away]," the Twilight star, 24, told PEOPLE last week at the MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheater in L.A.

"I feel like it is the pressure of the family making them do it. We want to travel and be able to fly on an airplane without a baby and just have freedom."

Aside from their own personal preference not to dive right into parenthood, the happy couple doesn't really have the time.

"It's been a little stressful [lately] because it's been so busy," Reed says. "Paul's been recording his album full time, and I've been shooting, so we're both very busy right now."

But it seems like the musician, 27, and the actress have nailed down the key to making their showbiz romance succeed.

Says McDonald: "We try to stay together as much as we can. I'll [sometimes] go to set with her and she'll come with me to the studio."

"You just have to make the other person a priority over your work, which is a very controversial statement, I guess," Reed adds. "People, especially in this business, don't think that's a good idea, but that's what you have to do."

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